Inaugural Tool It! Challenge hits nail on the head at Hardware + Tools Middle East 2017 

The UAE’s finest carpenters, technicians, and expert operators stole the spotlight at the Middle East’s dedicated trade fair for hardware, tools, machinery, and materials in Dubai this week.

The Tool It! Challengeat Hardware + Tools Middle East 2017 invited contracting and fit-out firms, construction companies, and workshop owners, to nominate their most skilled technicians for an intensive test of will, as they ground and drilled their way to glory among industry peers. 

All 48 of them responded in kind, showcasing their finely tuned skills, and undeterred by the growing crowds drawn to the live sound of machinery piercing wood and metal.  

The contenders were eventually separated from the pretenders during the one-day live competition which covered five categories: drilling and screwing for both wood and metal, and measuring.

It came down to the top three craftsmen for each category, with the final winners celebrated by their colleagues and professionals from the construction, technical, and fabrication industries.

Leading tool manufacturers Bosch, 3M, Hitachi, and Nitto Khoki were on board as category sponsors, presenting the champions with their prizes: the latest tool sets, measuring equipment, and accessories.  

Taking home the spoils was Khalil Miah from Sarco Building Contracting Company, who wontwo categories: the Metal Drilling category by Nitto Khoki, and the Measuring Tools category sponsored by Bosch.

Other winners were Jagan Sekar from Al Fajer Contracting, who won the Metal Grinding by 3M category; Inderjit Singh from Divine Creations for Metal Screwing by Hitachi, andNathu Sharma from Al Fajer, who took home the Wood Screwing Gold Medal, also sponsored by Bosch.

“The Inaugural Tool It! Challenge has proved to be a massive hit, and we’re delighted with the industry response to this inaugural competition,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Hardware + Tools Middle East.

“These men work tirelessly in building some of the UAE’s most loved landmarks, using skills and techniques needed to perform in the most extreme conditions.  To see them showcase their skills live in front of their colleagues and industry peers is a unique spectacle.” 

“This is something that’s never been done before, and it’s pleasing to see leading manufacturers get on board,” added Pauwels.  “The competition also underlines the importance of having top quality dependable tools in order to ensure the safety of the worker and the workplace.”

Hardware + Tools Middle East 2017 opened yesterday and runs until tomorrow (24 May) at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring 166 exhibitors.

The annual three-day event is the region’s only exhibition dedicated to tools, hardware, materials and machinery, representing a broad spectrum of segments within the construction and technical industries.  It was opened by His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.  

Hardware + Tools Middle East 2017 returns with the Expert Zone, a one-stop destination showcasing the latest technology and solutions fromthe most established brands in the business.More information is available at




Hardware+Tools is the Middle East’s only dedicated event for tools, hardware materials and machinery.  Industry  professionals  involved  in  the  supply  of  equipment  to  or  the design, construction, build or specification of commercial or residential developments understand the importance of keeping up to date with new products, services and technology in the field. 

Hardware+Tools Middle East is the perfect platform to meet new contacts, discuss new trends and technological developments, keep up to date with industry knowledge and source new products and solutions. The next edition will take place from 22-24 May 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Show website:

Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With some 2,400 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of over €640 million. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 30 subsidiaries and 55 international sales partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in 175 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at approx. 50 locations around the globe. In 2016, a total of 138 trade fairs were held under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.  With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

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About Messe Frankfurt Middle East GmbH
The portfolio of events for Messe Frankfurt Middle East includes Automechanika Dubai, Automechanika Jeddah, Automechanika Riyadh, Beautyworld Middle East, Hardware+Tools Middle East, Intersec, Intersec Saudi Arabia, Leatherworld Middle East, Light Middle East, Materials Handling Middle East, Materials Handling Saudi Arabia, Paperworld Middle East, and Prolight + Sound Middle East.  The subsidiary also organises a series of conferences and seminars including the BOHS Worker Health Protection Conference, the Business in Beauty Summit, the Light Middle East Conference, Smart Traffic Middle East, and Future Mobility. For more information, please visit our website at